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					                                                                                                                     11.2. What are the formalities for importing personal effects
Part Two: Integration into the Region                                                                                and furniture? ............................................................................... 9
                                                                                                                         11.2.1. Customs duties and formalities in Switzerland ......................... 9
                                                                                                                         11.2.2. Customs duties and formalities in France (for people arriving
                                                                                                                         from countries outside the European Union)......................................... 9
                                                                                                                     11.3. What are the formalities for importing and registering a
8.         Preparing for your move abroad ....................................2                                      car?................................................................................................. 9
                                                                                                                         11.3.1. In Switzerland............................................................................ 9
     8.1. What administrative and other formalities do you have to                                                       11.3.2. In France.................................................................................. 10
     complete in your current place of residence? .............................2                                     11.4. Will I need to change my driving licence? ....................... 10
     8.2. What documents should you bring with you? .....................2                                               11.4.1. In Switzerland.......................................................................... 10
                                                                                                                         11.4.2. In France.................................................................................. 10
     8.3. What are the important things that you should know
     before leaving?...............................................................................3               12.      Integration .................................................................... 11
9.         Where to live - Switzerland or France?..........................3                                         12.1. What you need to know to help you integrate ................. 11
     9.1. The cost of living.....................................................................3                   12.2. The CERN Social Affairs service..................................... 11
                                                                                                                         12.2.1. A vital source of basic information ......................................... 11
     9.2. Work and residence permits for your family.......................4                                             12.2.2. A helping hand in solving problems........................................ 11
        9.2.1. In Switzerland.............................................................................. 9            12.2.3. Individual advice on social security ........................................ 11
        9.2.2. In France .................................................................................... 10
                                                                                                                     12.3. Relations with the Host States Service ............................. 11
     9.3. School systems ........................................................................5
        9.3.1. Education in Switzerland ............................................................. 5            13.      Bibliographical sources and references ...................... 12
        9.3.2. Education in France ..................................................................... 6
     9.4. Crèches, day centres and nurseries.......................................6
     9.5. Town or country? ...................................................................7
     9.6. Public transport ……………………………………………..7
10.        Accommodation...............................................................7
     10.1. The CERN Housing Service ................................................7
        10.1.1. How does it do this? .................................................................. 7
     10.2. What initial possibilities does the service offer to
     newcomers to CERN? ...................................................................8
        10.2.1. How long can you stay in the Housing Service-run premises?.. 8
        10.2.2. How can the Housing Service be contacted? ............................. 8
11.        Settling into your country of residence ..........................8
     11.1. Removal Costs ....................................................................8
                                                                           8.2. What documents should you bring with
8.       Preparing for your move abroad                                        you?
                                                                           You will have to produce a number of documents in order to
                                                                           complete the standard administrative and customs formalities. It is
8.1. What administrative and other formalities                             recommended that you have all documents intended for use by
    do you have to complete in your current                                CERN translated into English or French by an official translator.
    place of residence?                                                    In general, the most frequently requested documents are:
Various formalities have to be completed in preparation for your
departure. Use this section as a checklist of the appropriate steps to        birth certificates (adults and children)
be taken.                                                                     marriage certificate / partnership certificate
Make sure that you inform the following authorities of your impending
departure as soon as possible:                                                recent extract from the register of births, marriage and deaths
                                                                               (civil status)
     the tax authorities and various administrative bodies
                                                                              if you are living with someone (as a common-law spouse) bring
     the educational authorities (if you have children to enrol in a new        proof that you have been doing so for an extended period (e.g.
     school)                                                                    rental agreement)
     your social security scheme (pension fund, etc.)                         children’s school reports and attestation of full time attendance at
                                                                               an educational establishment for children age 18 and over
     your insurers (health, accident, disability, life assurance and
     motor vehicle insurance, etc.)                                           vaccination cards (for all members of the family), as well as for any
                                                                               animals (anti-rabic).
     the owner of your house, (garage, car) if you are renting
                                                                              health insurance documents
     your doctor / dentist (prescriptions, check-ups, etc.)
                                                                              all documents relating to your employment contract with CERN
     telephone company
                                                                              driving licence
     water, gas and electricity boards
                                                                              visas (for Switzerland and France), if required (see 8.3)
     postal services
                                                                              valid passport or national identity card
     any subscriptions (newspapers, magazines, etc.)
                                                                              about 10 identical passport photographs,
                                                                               (no printouts from digital cameras)
8.3. What are the important things that you                              9.      Where to live - Switzerland or France?
    should know before leaving?
                                                                         As CERN is situated on the French-Swiss border you must decide in
When you are preparing to move abroad you need to obtain all types
                                                                         which country you are going to live. You are entitled to take up
of information regarding your new country of residence.
                                                                         residence in either France or Switzerland. The final decision is a
• Entry visas for Switzerland and France (if required)                   matter of personal choice and will notably depend on your financial
                                                                         situation, family status and individual lifestyle. Several social and
   When planning your departure, you are strongly advised to             economic factors may therefore come into play and influence your
   contact the Swiss and French consulates to find out whether you       choice of one country or the other.
   need an entry visa for Switzerland and France. As a general rule,
   members of the personnel wishing to reside in France who do not       9.1. The cost of living
   have Swiss nationality or that of an EEA (European Economic
   Area) country must obtain a long-stay visa. For more information
   contact:
   Relations with the Host States Service
     (+41) (0)22 767 77 36 or 767 28 48 (Extension 77736 - 72848 -
   75152 )
   Web: http://www.cern.ch/relations

• Installation
   When you are preparing to move abroad you also have to make
   preparations for setting up home there. You will save a great deal    It is important to compare the cost of living in Switzerland and France
   of time and energy if you look for accommodation as soon as you       as the prices of accommodation, food, leisure activities, etc. do vary
   have received confirmation that you will be leaving. Moreover, it     from one to the other.
   will help you to choose whether to live in Switzerland or France if
   you find out about living conditions in both countries beforehand.    Switzerland is usually considered to have a high cost of living.
   See chapter 9.                                                        However, with a rising number of international civil servants wishing
                                                                         to live in France, the rents in the neighbouring regions of France are
• Social security                                                        now similar to those in Geneva.
   Part of your preparations for moving abroad will involve making all   It may be useful to refer to the document A basis for estimating the
   the necessary arrangements concerning your social security (e.g.      cost of living in Geneva and in the Pays de Gex (neighbouring
   cancelling health insurance, transferring pensions, etc.). See        France) which is produced by the Social Affairs Service.
   chapter 6.

• Crèches, day centres, nurseries and schools
   Find out as soon as possible from the relevant establishment about
   the range of facilities available and the enrolment procedures
   (waiting lists, entrance tests, etc.). See paragraphes 9.3 & 9.4.
                                                                                 9.2.2. In France
                                                                         Spouses and children who are nationals of the first fifteen Members
                                                                         States of the European Union as well as those of Cyprus, Malta,
                                                                         Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland, are entitled to take
                                                                         up gainful employment but must return their special residence permit
                                                                         (titre de séjour spécial) issued by the French Ministry of Foreign
                                                                         Affairs.
                                                                         Spouses and children who are nationals of the new Member States
                                                                         of the European Union (following the Enlargements in 2004 and
                                                                         2007) are subject to a transition period that will end on 1st May 2009,
                                                                         during which France will gradually lift the restrictions on the free
9.2. Work and residence permits for your                                 movement of labour by allowing access to specific trades. However,
                                                                         a work permit will remain compulsory in all cases until the end of this
    family                                                               transition period (see the pages "Travailler en France" on the French
If you are considering taking up residence with your family, you         Employment                           Ministry                   website
should be aware that there are differences between the French and        http://www.social.gouv.fr/article.php3?id_article=784).
Swiss regulations governing work permits (including for frontaliers)     The following do not require a residence permit to take up temporary
and residence permits for the members of your family (spouse,            residence in France:
registered partner and dependent children).                              - nationals of the Member States of the European Union (Austria,
It is advisable to compare the employment prospects in Switzerland       Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy,
and in France before deciding where to live. As Geneva is an urban       Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden and the United
area, the employment prospects there are greater than in the             Kingdom, as well as those of the 12 new Member States: Bulgaria,
neighbouring regions of France.                                          Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta,
                                                                         Poland, Romania, the Slovak Republic and Slovenia).
        9.2.1. In Switzerland                                            - nationals of the others States party to the Agreement creating the
                                                                         European Economic Area (EEA): Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.
The spouses, registered partners of the same sex and children of
CERN Staff Members residing in Switzerland can exchange their            - Swiss nationals.
carte de légitimation issued by the Federal Department of Foreign        Nationals of these countries who require a residence permit (titre de
Affairs for a Ci work permit. The others can make an application for a   séjour) in order to complete specific administrative formalities can
B permit under common law, which is linked to the member of the          apply for one from the Préfecture.
personnel’s card. (see: http://www.ge.ch/ocp/europe.html the website     If a partner of a member of the personnel is not a national of a State
of the Geneva Office cantonal de la Population and                       belonging to the European Economic Area, he must obtain a long-
http://www.vd.ch/fr/themes/economie/emploi/libre-circulation-des-        stay visa from the French Consulate/Embassy in his country of
personnes/ the canton of Vaud website).                                  residence, prior to his arrival in France.
Please note: the Swiss authorities may issue a carte de légitimation     For further information concerning work and residence permits,
to non-Swiss non-registered partners of non-Swiss members of the         please contact:
personnel provided that they supply proof of having lived together for
an extended period. This residence permit does not entitle the           The Relations with the Host States Service
holder to take up gainful employment.                                      : (+41) (0)22 767 77 36 or 767 28 48 (Internal: 77736 - 72848 -
                                                                         75152)
                                                                         Web: http://www.cern.ch/relations
                                                                           In the Canton of Geneva, compulsory schooling begins at the age of 7.
9.3. School systems                                                        Between the ages of 4 and 6 children may attend the optional infants’
                                                                           school (“classes enfantines”) in the district where they live. From 7 to
Your child can attend the state school of your country of residence and    15, they receive compulsory, non-fee-paying education in the school
would normally attend the nearest school in the area where you live.       closest to their home. The last three years of this compulsory phase
State schools are free of charge.                                          are at an establishment known as the “Cycle d’Orientation.”
                                                                           Thereafter, your child can choose from a variety of non-fee-paying
                                                                           secondary establishments, such as the “Collège” which culminates in
Alternatively, there are many private schools in the region. These
                                                                           the “Maturité” qualification, the pre-requisite for admission into Swiss
include international schools that have the advantage of enabling
                                                                           universities and “Ecoles Polytechniques” (engineering schools), and
pupils to prepare for national and international examinations. The
                                                                           foreign universities.
international schools in Switzerland are private and therefore fee-
paying, which is not always the case in France. The International
School in Ferney-Voltaire (France) is a non-fee-paying establishment       Private schools
(although fees are required for certain classes).
                                                                           There are many private schools throughout Switzerland, and
The academic level in Swiss and French secondary schools is high
                                                                           especially in Geneva. The advantage of private schools is that they
and more or less equivalent. Problems can arise, however, if your          offer curricula in French, English, German and even Swedish.
child was educated under the French system and then wishes to follow       Moreover, the teaching is specifically geared towards the final
a university education in Switzerland. Swiss universities (with the
                                                                           qualifications desired. Hence, most private schools in Switzerland
exception of Basle University) will only accept French students holding    prepare their pupils for the Swiss “Maturité”, the French or
a "Baccalauréat" (French university entrance qualification) in the Arts,   international “Baccalauréat”, the English GCSE or the entrance
Sciences or Economics with a combined average grade of at least
                                                                           examinations for American universities.
12/20 ("assez bien").
                                                                           You can obtain further information about private schools at the
The following brief summary will give you a general overview of the        following websites:
education systems in Switzerland and in France.
                                                                           http://www.agep.ch / http://www.avdep.ch / http://www.swiss-
                                                                           schools.ch

                                                                           NB: Most state-run and private secondary schools have compulsory
                                                                           entrance tests and certain final qualifications awarded by private
                                                                           schools are not recognised by Swiss universities.




        9.3.1. Education in Switzerland
State schools
The quality of state education in Switzerland is very high, and will
generally open the doors to most foreign universities.
                                                                         9.4. Crèches, day centres and nurseries
                                                                         Both Switzerland and France have a range of child-care facilities,
                                                                         although the systems are somewhat different.
        9.3.2. Education in France                                       CERN itself runs a nursery school for children aged between two-
                                                                         and-a-half and six. For further information contact:
State-run schools in France, as in Switzerland, are non-fee-paying
and offer a high standard of education. From the age of 3 to 6           CERN Nursery School
children may attend the optional “école maternelle” (infants’ school).
Compulsory elementary education is then given at the local primary          : (+41) (0)22 767 36 04 (internal: 73604).
school from the age of 6 to 11. The first period of secondary            Mon - Fri from 9 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
education, from 11 to 15 years of age, is compulsory and given at        E- : staff.association@cern.ch Web:
“collèges d’enseignement général” or “collèges d’enseignement            http://kindergarten.web.cern.ch
echnique” (general and technical secondary schools).                     Geneva has numerous crèches, and your child can attend the one
The second, non-compulsory, period of secondary education takes          closest to your home (usually from the age of 2 months to 4 years). It
place in the “Lycées” (high schools) and leads to the “Baccalauréat”,    is important to be aware that there are long waiting lists so you
the passport to universities in France and Switzerland (under certain    should register your child as soon as possible. Nearly all districts also
conditions).                                                             have other facilities for child minding in the 2-to-6 age range, such as
The state-run “Collège et Lycée International” in Ferney-Voltaire is     nurseries (“jardins d’enfants”, generally for half-days), day centres
non-fee-paying but charges for the teaching of foreign curricula.        (“garderies” where children are minded on an occasional basis).
Children can attend from the “Sixième” (11-12 years old) through to      There are also day mothers who look after children of any age in their
the “Terminale” (17-18 years) and prepare the French                     home. All of these facilities are fee-paying.
“Baccalauréat”, the Baccalauréat with an international option, and       Between the ages of 4 and 6 children may attend the infant school
other qualifications in various languages.                               nearest their homes.
Further information on schooling in Switzerland and France, including    In the neighbouring region of France, for full or part-time childcare
an information leaflet entitled "Primary and Secondary Education in      you may choose to employ your own child-minder to look after your
France and Switzerland" can be obtained from the Social Affairs          children until they are 6, or, on an occasional basis, take them to a
service.                                                                 “halte-garderie” day centre. These facilities are fee-paying.
Social Affairs Service Building 33/R-028                                 Between the ages of 2 and 6 children may also attend the local
  : (+41) (0)22 767 42 01 (internal: 74201)                              infants school (“école maternelle”), but the opening hours are such
E- : social.affairs@cern.ch                                              that you will probably have to combine this solution with another form
                                                                         of child minding. Further information on childcare facilities in
Web: https://cern.ch/hr-services/Ben/Social/mandate.asp                  Switzerland and France, including lists of addresses can be obtained
                                                                         from the:
                                                                         Social Affairs Service Building 33/R-028
                                                                           : (+41) (0)22 767 42 01 (internal: 74201)
                                                                         E- : social.affairs@cern.ch
                                                                         Web: https://cern.ch/hr-services/Ben/Social/mandate.asp
9.5. Town or country?                                                      It cannot, however, substitute itself for the persons looking for
                                                                           housing; its role should therefore be considered as helping them to
The Canton of Geneva is primarily urban, with a well-developed             help themselves, by, for instance, offering advice, assistance and
public transport network, while the neighbouring region of France,         information on legislation and standard practices, with regard to
nestling between the Swiss border and the foothills of the Jura            renting accommodation and supplying models of relevant
mountains, is essentially rural and peppered with small villages,          documents – leases, inventories, condition of the premises etc. The
where it is advisable to have your own means of transport. See also        Housing Service does not deal with sales of property
Chapter 11.
                                                                                   10.1.1. How does it do this?
9.6. Public transport                                                      The Service directly operates two purpose-built hostels on the Meyrin
Despite the considerable efforts of the French authorities at district     (Swiss) site of CERN, which make for a total of 315 rooms, 393 beds.
and departmental level to improve the frequency and quality of public      A further 80 single rooms remain at its disposal in a hostel in
transport, only Ferney-Voltaire, Thoiry, Sergy, Saint-Genis-Pouilly and    St. Genis-Pouilly, run by a French Association just over the border in
Gex enjoy regular bus services into Geneva.                                nearby France.
It should also be stressed that there is no direct service between
CERN and Ferney-Voltaire nor between CERN and Gex. The size of
the network and frequency of the services make Geneva’s public
transport system the better of the two. CERN is on the number 9 bus
route, bringing you into or out of the centre of Geneva in about half an
hour.
For bus timetables, consult the following web site:
http://www.tpg.ch




                                                                           The Service also manages some 15 apartments, fully furnished and
                                                                           equipped, in Geneva not far from CERN.
                                                                           Since the capacity of the accommodation which the Service runs
                                                                           itself is inadequate to cater for demand, nor does it provide for long-
                                                                           term stays, the Housing Service also help its clients find
                                                                           accommodation on the open market, whether it be through its
                                                                           privileged relations with local estate agents or by gathering and
                                                                           publishing on its site offers of rentals from private owners.
10.     Accommodation
                                                                           To further complement the hostel-type accommodation offered on
                                                                           site, the Housing Service also negotiates preferential rates with local
10.1. The CERN Housing Service                                             hotels on both sides of the border for anyone connected with CERN
                                                                           coming to the area, including guests on business with CERN. Lists of
The Housing Service provides all members of the personnel and the
                                                                           hotels are available on request from the CERN hostel reception.
CERN User community with various solutions in their search for
accommodation during their stay at CERN, which may vary from one
day to several months or years.
10.2. What initial possibilities does the                                 11.     Settling into your country of residence
   service offer to newcomers to CERN?
                                                                          The following chapter contains information relating to general
The above-mentioned facilities of the Housing Service, both on- and
                                                                          removal expenses and customs procedures that will help you
off-site, are not of course reserved only for new-comers, but do
                                                                          anticipate certain difficulties that might arise along the way. For
provide an invaluable temporary solution to accommodation
                                                                          further information, please consult the web pages of the Installation
problems upon arrival in the Geneva area, pending the finding of
                                                                          Service:
more suitable permanent accommodation.
                                                                          Installation Service Building 33/1-009 or 33/1-011
The Housing Service-run accommodation is in constant high
demand. Requests should therefore be made as far in advance as              : (+41) (0)22 767 39 62 or 767 46 83 (internal: 73962 or 74683)
possible, with the restriction that reservations in the on-site hostels   E- : installation.service@cern.ch
cannot be made more than two months before the planned arrival            Web: https://cern.ch/hr-services/Ben/instal/default.asp
date.
                                                                          11.1. Removal costs
        10.2.1. How long can you stay in the Housing                      The Organization will pay or refund you the cost of a single removal
        Service-run premises?                                             of furniture and personal effects within the limits laid down in Articles
Lengths of stays in the on-site hostels can vary between one night        R V 1.19 to 1.21 of the Staff Rules and Regulations.
and two months maximum.                                                   Using a special CERN form, you must submit quotations from three
Leases for the off-site apartments may be signed for a minimum of         removal companies to the Installation Service 6 weeks before the
one month to a maximum of six months.                                     scheduled removal date at the latest. CERN will write to the
                                                                          company it selects, confirming that your move will be entrusted to it
                                                                          under the conditions stipulated in its bid, including insurance. You will
        10.2.2. How can the Housing Service be                            be informed of this choice at the same time to allow you to make all
        contacted?                                                        the necessary practical arrangements. Except in exceptional
                                                                          circumstances, the invoice will be paid by CERN directly.
The Housing Service Reception can be reached as follows:

Housing Service Building 39
  : (+41) (0)22 767 44 81 (Hostel reservations) (internal: 74481)
E- : Cern.Hostel@cern.ch
  : (+41) (0)22 767 41 55 (Apartment enquiries) (internal: 74155)
E- : housing.service@cern.ch                                              Entitlement to the payment/refund of removal costs includes, if
Fax: (+41) (0)22 767 38 00 (For all requests) (internal: 73800)           applicable, entitlement to the payment/refund of furniture storage
Web: http://housing-service.web.cern.ch/housing-service/                  costs for a maximum of 12 months. Storage costs must be clearly
                                                                          stipulated in the quotation.
                                                                          Under certain conditions, the Organization will pay you an installation
                                                                          indemnity calculated according to the amounts set out in Annex R A
                                                                          9 of the Staff Rules and Regulations.
                                                                          CERN will pay you half of this indemnity when you take up your
                                                                          appointment and the other half on presentation of a rental contract or
                                                                          an act of property ownership. If your family members arrive later than
you, you will receive the full indemnity on their arrival, provided that                            • give details of any valuables;
this is no more than one year from the date on which you take up                                    • a reasonable number of brand new items may be included in the
your appointment. The indemnity is paid by the Department of                                        list, provided that they are already in your possession and were
Human Resources (Building 33, room 1-011) and must be returned if                                   purchased in your country of residence prior to taking up
you resign during your first year of service.                                                       appointment.


11.2. What are the formalities for importing                                                        11.3. What are the formalities for importing
   personal effects and furniture?                                                                     and registering a car?

           11.2.1. Customs duties and formalities in
           Switzerland
Under certain conditions, your furniture and personal effects may be
imported into Switzerland free of customs duty. You may claim this                                  You are allowed to import your own private vehicle into Switzerland
entitlement only once and must do so within five years of taking up                                 or France, but the Swiss and French authorities will require you to
your appointment. You must complete the following customs                                           complete various formalities and, in certain cases, pay duty.
formalities:
• prepare a list of all the items you wish to import in one of the official                                 11.3.1. For Switzerland
languages of Switzerland (French 1 , German or Italian); state the
brand and serial number of any electrical appliances and give details                                   Customs formalities
of any valuables;                                                                                   You are allowed to import, free of customs duty, any passenger
                                                                                                    vehicle, motor-boat or aircraft that you have owned for more than 6
• at least 10 days before your shipment arrives, you must give this                                 months prior to taking up your appointment at CERN and intend to
list, together with your precise addresses both abroad and in                                       use for your own private purposes. The import formalities must be
Switzerland, to the Installation Service, which will prepare your                                   completed as soon as you are in possession of your residence permit
importation file.                                                                                   (Swiss carte de légitimation). You may then continue to drive your
                                                                                                    vehicle with the licence plates of your home country for up to one
                                                                                                    year after taking up your appointment at CERN. After one year, you
           11.2.2. Customs duties and formalities in                                                must register your vehicle on normal Swiss licence plates. You will be
           France (for people arriving from countries                                               required to take out Swiss insurance (third party liability).
           outside the European Union)
                                                                                                    In the 5 years following your arrival at CERN you may, under certain
Your furniture and personal effects may be imported free of customs                                 conditions, import or purchase one new passenger vehicle and one
duty.                                                                                               motor-boat free of customs duty. You must register this vehicle on
The Installation Service will guide you through the preparation of                                  normal Swiss licence plates.
the necessary papers for the French customs.
                                                                                                    As soon as you are in possession of your carte de légitimation you
You must complete the following customs formalities:
                                                                                                    will no longer be entitled to drive a vehicle with foreign licence plates
                                                                                                    in Switzerland (with the exception of vehicles officially imported as
• prepare a list, in French, of all your personal effects and furniture;                            part of your removal, as described in the 1st paragraph above), even
                                                                                                    a vehicle belonging to a person who is visiting you, as that would be
                                                                                                    a violation of Swiss fiscal rules and make you liable to a fine.
1 Geneva is situated in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, so it is preferable to translate
your list into French
        11.3.2. For France                                                  11.4. Will I need to change my driving
Once you are in possession of your residence permit (“titre de séjour          licence?
spécial”) you must take the necessary steps to register your vehicle
on French licence plates.
If you wish to drive your vehicle on normal French licence plates you
are strongly advised to enquire into the relevant French automobile
specifications before you leave. If you have any questions regarding
registration    you    should     go    to   your     local   “Mairie”
(www.ain.pref.gouv.fr/Demarches/cartegrise.asp).

     Buying or importing a vehicle free of duty
As an international civil servant, you are entitled to buy a car tax-free           11.4.1. In Switzerland
in any country provided that you are not of French nationality and did
not reside in France (and were therefore not subject to normal              A current, national, non-Swiss driving licence is valid in Switzerland if
French law) during the twelve months immediately prior to taking up         the member of personnel is in possession of a legitimation card, type
your                appointment                  at               CERN.     B, C, D or E issued by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign
Only holders of a special residence permit (“titre de séjour spécial”)      Affairs. Holders of a driving licence written in a language other than
of the CD, FI or AT type are authorised to drive a car registered on        one of the Swiss official languages (German, French, Italian and
diplomatic or consular licence plates (green plates). This privilege        Romansch) or English, are recommended to obtain an international
cannot be exercised more than once every two years and the                  driving licence. This licence can be issued by the cantonal, road
necessary formalities concerning your old car must be completed at          traffic authority of the place of residence. As far as people who do not
the French customs before purchasing the new one. If you purchase           reside in Switzerland are concerned but who drive there from time to
a new vehicle in Switzerland you will not be entitled to temporary          time, a current national or international licence is valid.
licence plates and will have to wait until you receive your green
plates to drive it.                                                                 11.4.2. In France
You will not be entitled to purchase a vehicle tax-free until you
                                                                            Current national driving licences, issued by a state belonging to the
are in possession of your special residence permit (“titre de séjour
                                                                            European Economic Area are, in principle, valid in France. Other
spécial”). The Installation Service cannot handle an application for
                                                                            kinds of driving licence are only valid in France, if the Ministry of
registering a vehicle on green plates until you are in possession of all
                                                                            Foreign Affairs has issued the holder with a residence permit ‘titre de
the required documents.
                                                                            séjour spéciale’. In similar circumstances, the state that has issued
Once you are in possession of your special residence permit (“titre de      the drivers licence, grants the same privilege to holders of a French
séjour spécial”) you will no longer be entitled to drive a vehicle          national driving licence. If these two conditions are not fulfilled, you
registered on foreign licence plates in France, even a vehicle              are obliged to apply for a French licence within one year of taking up
belonging to a person who is visiting you, as that would be a violation     residence in France.
of French fiscal rules and make you liable to a fine. (There are some
                                                                            As far as those not residing in France are concerned but who drive
exceptions for rental cars: contact the French customs office on
                                                                            there from time to time, the current national driving licence is, in
extension 75618/19 for information).
                                                                            principle, valid. For further details contact the:
Installation Service Building 33/1-009 or 33/1-011                          Relations with the Host States Service
  : (+41) (0)22 767 46 83 or 767 39 62 (Extension 74683 or 73962)             : (+41) (0)22 767 77 36 or 767 28 48 (internal: 77736 - 72848 -
E- : installation.service@cern.ch                                           75152)
Web: https://cern.ch/hr-services/Ben/instal/default.asp                     Web: http://www.cern.ch/relations
12.     Integration                                                                   12.2.2. A helping hand in solving problems
                                                                          The Service provides professional counselling and assistance in
                                                                          many situations, ranging from accidents or illnesses to education,
12.1. What you need to know to help you                                   divorce, bereavement and financial problems.
   integrate
                                                                                      12.2.3. Individual advice on social security 2
Your ability to integrate into your social and professional
environments will depend on many factors such as the duration of          The Social Affairs Service advises you on adapting your social
your stay and whether or not your family accompanies you. But your        security arrangements to meet your family’s specific needs.
ability to integrate will always depend on your awareness of the          By working in close collaboration with the relevant bodies inside and
social and professional contexts in which you will be living and          outside CERN, the Service aims to give you support and find
working.                                                                  solutions to help you integrate.
More specific information on integration can be obtained from
CERN’s specialised services, in particular the following:                 12.3. Relations with the Host States Service
                                                                          The Relations with the Host States Service
                                                                            : (+41) (0)22 767 77 36 or 767 28 48 (Internal: 77736 - 72848 –
                                                                          75152)
                                                                          Web: http://www.cern.ch/relations
                                                                          The Relations with the Host States Service deals with various
                                                                          administrative matters relating to the situation of Staff Members and
                                                                          their families vis-à-vis the Host States.




12.2. The CERN Social Affairs Service
 Social Affairs Service Building 33/R-028
   : (+41) (0)22 767 42 01 (internal: 74201)
 E- : social.affairs@cern.ch
 Web: https://cern.ch/hr-services/Ben/Social/mandate.asp
This Service is open to all members of the personnel and especially
newcomers and their families. Its role is not only to facilitate your
integration, but also to assist you in certain administrative tasks and
find solutions to any problems that may arise.

        12.2.1. A vital source of basic information
The Service has answers to questions on children’s schooling,
language courses, you and your family’s health, child-care provision
(day centres, crèches, nurseries) etc.
                                                                          2
                                                                              CERN’s social security system is covered in Chapter 6
                                                                       http://association.cern.ch
13.     Bibliographical sources and references                      ♦ Clubs:
                                                                      http://www.cern.ch/CERN/Clubs
1. Books                                                            ♦ Relations with the Host States:
Living and Working in Switzerland. Hampshire, D. (2003).              http://www.cern.ch/relations
Hampshire. Ed: Survival Books . ISBN: 1901130134, (9th edition)     Geneva
Living and Working in France. Hampshire, D. (2003).                 ♦ Everything about Geneva:
Hampshire. Ed: Survival Books . ISBN: 1901130088 (5th edition)        http://www.geneva.ch
                                                                      http://www.geneve-tourisme.ch
2. Reference documents available on the Human Resources
   Web site: (https://cern.ch/hr-docs/)                             ♦ Geneva Welcome Center:
                                                                      http://www.cagi.ch
CERN Staff Rules and Regulations (2007 edition)*
                                                                    ♦ University of Geneva:
Administrative Circulars*                                             http://www.unige.ch
CERN Health Insurance Scheme Rules
                                                                    ♦ Office fédéral du logement OFL
Social security, Integration and Reintegration: Staff Members         http://www.bwo.admin.ch
(April 2007)*                                                          See: “Documentations”, “Publications” and “Brochure
                                                                      logement”
(*Available on the Human Resources intranet web site only)
                                                                    ♦ Service des automobiles et de la navigation à Genève :
3. Brochures produced by the Social Affairs Service:
                                                                       http://www.geneve.ch/san/welcome.asp
♦ Your Health
                                                                    Pays de Gex
♦ Primary and Secondary Education in Switzerland and France
                                                                    ♦ Administration and schooling in the Pays de Gex:
♦ Pre-School (age 0 to 6), Child-Minding Facilities in Geneva and     http://www.cc-pays-de-gex.fr
  the Pays de Gex
                                                                    ♦ Tourist information about Pays de Gex
♦ A Basis for Estimating the Cost of Living in Geneva and in the      http://www.pays-de-gex.org
Pays de Gex (neighbouring France)
♦ Social Affairs: a drop-in centre open to all

4. Useful websites
CERN
♦ Housing Service:
  http://housing-service.web.cern.ch/housing-service/
♦ Education Services:
  https://cern.ch/hr-training /
♦ Staff Association:

				
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